Boston seemed like a good place to start, with its liberal politics and heavy concentration of colleges and universities. As Cadambi-Daniel helped arrange the fruit and mini-pastries for the initial organizing meeting, though, she couldn’t help but wonder: Were people really going to show up? But an hour before the official start of the event, they started to trickle in. One or two at a time, at first. And later, they came by the dozen. “We almost couldn’t keep up with it,” Cadambi-Daniels said. “It was overwhelming. We had so many different schools, and people going, ‘Oh my God, we so need a union.’ ” That symposium would key a burst of organizing at schools including Tufts, Bentley, and Boston University — an effort that would inform more than a dozen similar campaigns in cities such as Minneapolis, Chicago, and Los Angeles. It was also an important moment in a surge of local white-collar organizing that has swept up theater … [Read more...] about Boston’s middle class is getting crushed — does anyone care?
Coalition on the academic workforce
opinion Tom Watkins Published 10:08 PM EDT May 16, 2019 Congratulations and welcome, new state Superintendent, Michael Rice. You now play an important role to assure that our children receive the education they need to be prepared for their future, not our past. At perhaps no time in the past three decades has there been as much positive alignment between educators, teacher unions, the governor and state legislature, the State Board of Education and the business community to develop a shared vision and common agenda that assures educational support and reform in Michigan. My hope is that you can harness this energy in ways that truly help our teachers teach and our children learn. Michigan needs you to build coalitions with public education friends as well as adversaries in order to produce academic results that are … [Read more...] about Opinion: Welcome new state school superintendent
By Jeff Robbins | PUBLISHED: April 30, 2019 at 1:22 am | UPDATED: April 30, 2019 at 5:30 am Mary Ann Brett’s children were staked to quite a role model, one whose day-to-day example guaranteed them a robust value system for life. Arriving here from the Irish countryside in the 1920s as a farm girl with only a rudimentary education, she supported first herself and then her family by washing the floors of banks in downtown Boston. During a troubled pregnancy, her doctor warned that her baby son would be severely handicapped, and told her that he would have an extremely short life. “Let us take your baby,” her doctor urged, recalls her son Jim. “We’ll put him in an institution. He is mentally retarded. He won’t be alive long. The burden will be lifted from you. But you won’t be having any more children.” “I don’t think she cared for the word ‘burden,’” Jim Brett says wryly, recounting his mother’s stiff … [Read more...] about Jim Brett a champion for intellectually disabled